Influenced by a realist style, Michelle uses High Streets as a lens to view British society in her figurative work.
Using paint to explore the overlooked and abandoned, British artist Michelle Heron immortalises the many threatened independent stores that make our high streets what they are. Michelle’s figurative paintings take viewers on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, documenting the many distinct shop fronts, greasy spoons, and launderettes of bygone eras.
Influenced by iconic realists Edward Hopper and George Shaw, Michelle approaches her work with a sensitive use of colour and light to capture the mood and feel of everyday scenes. She maintains an incredibly human touch in her urban works, combining style, technique, and feeling to give life to her locations.
Michelle’s work has been shortlisted for The Lynn Painter-Stainers’ Prize (2016), the 157th Society of Women Artists Annual Open Exhibition (2018), The National Open Art Competition (2016), The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2017), Jackson’s Painting Prize (2020) and was a heat finalist on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018. Michelle has twice been a finalist of The John Ruskin Prize (2016 & 2019) and has recently been selected for The Young Masters Art Prize 2022.